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Worship Music

Music in Worship

That’s right! Sanctuary Choir Rehearsals have begun anew – Thursdays at 7pm (til 8:30) at First Congregational Church (38 So. Winooski Ave.) – is the place to be!  This is a great time to see what choir is all about.  You are invited to step in – meet our new Director of Music, Amy Shortt – and experience the joy of making music in community.

  • Are you in town? Come to First Church for Choir Rehearsal: Masks required – physical distancing as well – air filters will be going – be ready to sing with Music Director Amy Shortt!
  • Are you away? The virtual option will give you a chance to hear what music we are working on.  You can access Choir Rehearsal at 7pm on Thursday on Zoom – the LINK is: https://bit.ly/choirfccb
    • Or phone: +1 312 626 6799 and enter 878 2080 6697# followed by 8625010  –  the Meeting ID: 878 2080 6697 – Passcode: 8625010


Music has always been central to worship. The beauty and emotion that music brings to our personal experience of God are key to the worship experience. We come together and sing, joining our voices and breath together in one large body. Singing together is an outward and visible sign of how we strive to unite as a family. Hymn singing is the bedrock of our music program. Everyone in the congregation is invited to participate as fully as possible as we sing our unity and praise.

Many members of our congregation want to spend a little more time seeking community through music making. We offer choirs and instrumental ensembles for all ages and a variety of interests. Contact Director of Music  Amy Shortt for more information.

Children’s Choir

Pre-Pandemic – children in grades K through 5 rehearsed most Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. during the school year.  We will update this site when reular rehearsals begin again.

Youth Choir

Middle and High school singers come together for special services throughout the year, including services for Advent, Christmas, Youth Sunday and Easter. This Choir provides an opportunity for service to the church and a greater understanding of the impact of music in worship.  For more information, contact Youth Choir Director: Ana Ruesink

Sanctuary Choir

Pre-Pandemic – the Sanctuary Choir sang during the Sunday 10 a.m. worship services.   The Choir has just now (2/24/2022) resumed Thursday evening rehearsals at 7 p.m. at  First church and on Zoom. Rehearsals are open so if you love to sing, consider joining us!

During the summer months when the Sanctuary Choir does not rehearse,  individual musicians and small groups of musicians work with our Director of Music to plan music for Sunday worship services.

Handbell Choir

The Austin Chimers is named to remember Warren Austin, longtime member of First Church, who served as the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Together with experienced leadership, members work with each other to play music that inspires the congregation through the beautiful sound of handbells. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m.  New comers are always welcome!


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